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Venous insufficiency in pacemaker arm

I have developed venous insufficiency in my right arm, the same side where my pacemaker is implanted (and my dominant arm.)  Symptoms that led to that diagnosis were: purplish tint to my arm, feelings of heaviness in my arm, bulging veins on the inside wrist and occasional numbness in my right hand. I also had bruising on the upper arm that has not resolved after 4 weeks. I saw both my internist and cardiologist when this first occurred about 3 weeks ago.

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arrythmia

I have had an arrythmia for 4 hours or more. Feel like crap - tired and a little light-headed.

3rd arrythmia since pacemaker was implanted in Aug. 2021. This is the longest it's lasted.

Does this just run its course without intervention, or should I call 911?

I know you're not doctors, but you guys are pretty well informed. Would appreciate your input at your earliest opportunity. Thanks.

 

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Atrial Tachycardia

So I had a generator replacement on Dec 15. I posted before about this because during the procedure and an hour after I went into afib and developed what they told me was an atrial flutter. They used the pacer to trick my heart back into a normal rhythm and gave me meds to control it. Today at my follow up, after they had time to review the events of that day, said it was not really a flutter but atrial tachycardia. Has anyone else had this after a gen change? I was 30 when I got my first pac...

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Pacemaker insomnia

Hello,

I got a crt pacemaker 2 years ago and have been dealing with lack of sleep, so much so, that I thought I had fatal insomnia.  Was told by technician they never heard of anything like that.  I know what your thinking....anxiety.  No....I have had a pacemaker since 1999 at 25 years of age.  Mechanical heart valve surgery left me with heart block.  A dddr was placed with 2 leads. I slept fine.  Battery wore out, got a new pacemaker, slept fine.  2...

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High altitude and soreness

Hi All,

Got my ICD, October 2021. I've relocated to a high altitude location in California (5,000ft+ elevation). I've noticed that the area around my implant site becomes a little bit sore during the colder months here (right now actually). I am assuming this is normal correct ? I can feel a distinct lack of soreness when we do head down to lower and normal elevation. I also feel more active in lower altitudes. This is all normal right ? Does anyone else deal with a high elevati...

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Palpitations

Hi

had a pacemaker fitted in August.  Scans show no heart disease, I had been taking blackouts.  I have been experiencing palpitations occasionally when I go upstairs or lift anything as well as some breathlessness.  Has anyone else had similar experience?  Pacemaker is a Medtronic.

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Would love a pacemaker for Christmas !

Hi,

I have been a member of the club for two years now after I received my Medtronic pacemaker for a cardiac arrest. I suffer with bradycardia and vasovagal syndrome and am very symptomatic ! Life for me was ticking along just fine with my pacemaker and to be honest I had forgotten it was there which was a great place to be in. However 6 th October I was operated on to remove my device and leads because i suffered a bad infection and sadly it was the cause. When it was removed my cardio...

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ABBOTT MODEL 2088TC/52

Have had the implant since 8/2021. They had to go in and change the leads because they were irritating my heart. Everything was fine until after that until October of this year. Now I hve shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness since then. Had a Abbott technition do an ajustment 3 weeks ago, but now the symtons are back. Have had all the tests done; blood, echco, ct scan and everthing comes back normal. Anyone else having this experience?

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Armpit irritation

Hi, any advice on what to do with armpit pain?

I had my second pacer inserted 2 years ago and as typical got a properly frozen shoulder also second time around.  I've managed to recover from it with several months of exercise and physio, but I have a terrible pinching sensation in the armpit and it does not go. Some of the mobility is still reduced. I've been given all clear by the doctors, apparently clinically it's perfectly positioned, but I notice it is much closer...

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flutter

Can a pacemaker self-convert a person if they are in flutter.  A woman I know has had flutter episodes and said she has had her pacemaker convert her.  I didn't know a pacer could do that, so I am asking if that is possible.  I belive she has to go to a pacer clinc for that.  She has had 4 ablations and her heart rate goes high for her and she then get an ECV she has had a lot of ECVs they work for a while then she goes into flutter again.  Her doctor wants to abl...

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Replacement Delayed

I was scheduled to have my pacemaker replaced this Friday because I am on the last 3 months of the battery and he also wants to put in a third lead, but he wanted me to get an echo and Stress Test this week, both of which came back abnormal with an EP of 39% and apparently possible blockage somewhere that showed up on the Stress Test (haven't seen the results yet).  Suggested I contact a cardiologist to do a heart cath.  All this was done through his NP because I never see...

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Covid Vaccine

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone else may have experience changes in their hearts after getting their two Covid vaccinations.  I went in for my 6 month check up with cardio doctor and when he looked at my echo he said he was concerned to see my right side severly enlarged.  Up to the point I have had a complete heart block due to Sarcoidois in my heart and all LV problems.  I have read how some younger people are having heart issues after the vaccine.  I go to see hi...

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Shortness of breath

Hi everyone, 

I am 23 and I just got my first pacemaker 2 weeks ago😪 I was born with situs invertus and bradycardia but found out about bradycardia 6 years ago. I spend a lot of time here in this club and I am so happy that I am able to connect with people that share the same machine in their bodies as I do! (I posted a lot of questions too because I am very anxious). 
anyway, I just wanted to ask if anyone ever felt shortness of breath after their implantation or in gene...

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Felt a strong pace

Hello, 

i was drinking water and i felt a stronger pace in my heart than usual. I got my first pacemaker 10 days ago, my after surgery appointment with my EP is on December 23rd (very mad about it, I wanted to see my EP sooner than that after my implantation). Anyways, has anyone felt that before? A stronger pace from the pacemaker? 
I  got anxious/scared

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Activity ability becoming less as heart EF improves from 20% to 55%

During 2018 and 2019 three attempts were made to fit a CRT-P,the 3rd lead being transeptal (which was causing the surgeons problems,eventually solved using lasso method)so 3rd lead is on my left atrium,guarded by Apixiban.

First op 31st Oct 2018,2nd op New years Eve 2018,final and successful op 23rd Jan 2019.

My problem severe left venticle block was only discovered by chance Dec 2017  (even though I had reported the symptoms!-"another story")

Prior...

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I got my PM a week ago!

Hello everyone!

I got my pacemaker a week ago and it wasn't as bad as I thought everything is going OK and I am a little sore, I'm trying to move my arm as much as I can. 
Because I overthink too much, sometimes I think that the wires that are through my veins move. 
I forgot to mention that I did the surgery twice because one of the wires Didn't connect properly to the pacemaker. 
My question is how can you tell that one of the wires is mo...

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Piece of suture remains at end of pacer scar

Hi,

My surgeon picked out most of it but a black spot remains, embedded in thickened skin. Anybody dealing with this? Will it work itself out so I can tweeze the edge of it to pull out?

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Covid Vaccine

Has anyone experienced any side effects who have Bradycardia and and a dual lead pacemaker after having either of the two vaccines? Job has mandated that all employees have to be vaccinated by December 8th 2021. Tried applying for a waiver but it appears that no cardiologist or care physician will touch the subject for fear of reprisal from the medical field. Please share thoughts or concerns.  Thanks

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Replacement

My old pacemaker needed replacement as the battery was almost run down. I was lead to believe it would be simple. My Cardiologist got called away to an emergency when my procedure was due so a replacement surgeon was called in. When my GP checked my wound a week later, he told me the PM was in the wrong place: too  close to my clavicle and it was restricting my arm movement.

My Cardiologist agreed and scheduled a repositioning procedure. However, unlike the othe...

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Staph infection, 11 days in the hospital ….

And my pacemaker was saved! It's been a crazy couple of months. I had my CRT-P implanted on August 31. A few weeks later I developed a staph infection. It was not in my blood and as of today it is staying in my body! Very happy that everything worked out. I never had a fever or chills or any signs that the infection went into my body but the incision site was pretty scary. Everything is healing up good and I am so grateful! I wanted to share in case anybody else is going through comp...

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